Nov. 22, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - Five games broadcast nationally on ESPN or ESPN2 will highlight television and radio coverage of the 2004-05 Saint Joseph's University basketball seasons. The SJU men will appear on ESPN2 four times, including the team's games against top-ranked Kansas on November 23, Xavier on January 29, Villanova on February 7 and George Washington on March 1. The men will also be shown on ESPN against Rhode Island on February 26.
In all, a total of 20 men's games and one women's game will be televised during the 2004-05 season, with 18 airing locally in the Philadelphia market. In addition to the five ESPN/ESPN2 telecasts, CN8 will produce and carry five games, while Comcast SportsNet will show eight games - seven men's and one women's. The Atlantic 10 Conference Television Network produces and airs six men's games and one women's game, which will also be picked up in other markets. Three other men's games will air regionally outside of Philadelphia.
Besides game coverage, Phil Martelli's "HawkTalk" television show airs locally on Comcast SportsNet and nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV). Named by The Sporting News as the best college basketball coaches' show in the nation for its off-beat style, "HawkTalk" will air eight in-season editions this year, beginning on Thursday, January 6 at 7:00 PM. That outlet will also air "Courtside," Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Show, at 4:00 on Sunday, January 9 and February 20, both following Atlantic 10 Television Network broadcasts. Both shows are produced by the Saint Joseph's Sports Network at CCI Communications in West Chester, Pa.
On radio, WPEN-AM 950 will be the exclusive home for all SJU men's basketball games. Additionally, the station will air seven Hawk women's basketball contests, including the team's games against Illinois on November 23, Lehigh on November 29, Pennsylvania on December 1, Kansas State on December 30, Duquesne on January 3, Temple on February 10 and George Washington on February 17. Since the 1998-99 season, every Hawk men's basketball game has aired on WPEN, which is also the flagship station for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball network.
Additional radio coverage includes 15-minute pre- and postgame shows before and after every contest for both teams as well as the hour-long Monday night "HawkTalk" radio call-in show, which returns to WPEN for the seventh year in a row, airing at 7:00 p.m. beginning on January 10. All radio broadcasts, both games and shows, can also be heard over the internet at www.sjuhawks.com and via the Teamline telephone system at 800-846-4700, ext. 4280.